Because the first two rounds of parliamentary elections have filled only 120 of the parliament’s 260 seats, the Belarusian supreme council does not have a quorum, according to a press release by the Belarusian embassy in Washington. To get around this problem, the country’s hopes to convene a session of the old parliament June 14 to lower the number of members legally required for a quorum. Failing that, Belarusian president Aleksandr Lukashenko may try to rule by decree in his drive to link his country with Russia. Many institutions in Belarus will resist such a linkage: The Belarus national bank is seeking to block Lukashenko’s plans to take the country back into a Russian orbit, Kommersant-Daily reported May 31. And the Lithuanian government has ratified an economic agreement that will help to keep Minsk facing West, BNS reported May 30.
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